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A mention, allusion, citation, or homage to other works.

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On whom are the aliens-turned-music stars in Interstella 5555 based?

In the movie Interstella 5555 by Daft Punk it is insinuated that all genius musicians on Earth are actually aliens kidnapped by an evil manager and turned into humans. Some of them are shown being ...
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Seinfeld and Lovejoy Connection

In the Seinfeld episode The Pitch (1992) George suggests a sitcom idea to Jerry wherein Jerry runs an antique store and "people come into the store and you get involved with their lives". ...
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What's the point of the song “look at me, I'm Sandra Dee” in Grease?

This song looks to be a reference to the actress Sandra Dee, as if herself or the roles she played were that of an "innocent" grown up woman. I'm not much an expert on what roles she played ...
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Big Lebowsky vs Barbie Girl question

My friend says that there is a common theme in The Big Lebowski and Aqua - Barbie Girl Both scenes have a girl lying beside a pool in a lime green bathing suit with sunglasses, offering a lewd ...
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A movie into a movie into a movie

There are movies with scenes in which a character is watching another actual movie, where by "actual movie" I mean a movie existing in the real world. For example, in I Am Legend (2007) the ...
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What is Margaret eating in this scene in The Iron Lady [closed]

A young Margaret Roberts is hoping to be elected as a candidate for parliament for Dartford. She is invited along for a rather glamorous dinner. There is a close up of her starter. Start from the ...
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Deadwood Season 1 Episode 2 - What is “flag T”?

In the Season 1 Episode 2 there is the following dialoge: ... (Tom Mason bursts into the office, stark naked, holding his dick.) Tom: This snatch is branded'! (Laughing – Al still has Phil by the ...
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Why is the “Rocky” franchise particularly lampooned for its many sequels?

Several other movies and other media have portrayed fictional high-numbered sequels of the Rocky franchise: Spaceballs shows the spines of videocassettes for Rocky I through XIV. A movie poster for &...
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Is the statue used in Darkwing Duck of The Great Mouse Detective?

In the Darkwing Duck episode "Duck Blind" we see the statue used by DW to take him to his lair. Is this of The Great Mouse Detective?
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When did Martin Scorsese say “the most personal is the most creative”?

In his acceptance speech for the Academy Award for Best Director, Bong Joon-Ho - director of Parasite - famously said that "the most personal [filmmaking] is the most creative" and said that ...
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What was Agent Smith in “The Matrix” referring to while torturing Morpheus?

[...] Wachowski believers hold it’s possible to offer sweeping social criticism at such a massive scale. “Because of the iconography of V For Vendetta,” says Kuplowsky, citing the Wachowski-written ...
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Is “black mountain” in S04E05 “Rattlestar Ricklactica” a reference to something?

In Rick and Morty S04E05 - "Rattlestar Ricklactica", Rick and Morty had this conversation: Morty: I'm dying, Rick. [Groans] I can see the black mountain. Rick: People who are really dying ...
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Are 'the prisoner's card numbers '666' a reference to a certain aspect of the plot? Does it repeat along the series?

In the series "The prisoner" season 1 ep 1 (I only saw it for now), the protagonist, number '6', receives his cards to access services on the island. The scene is the following: ...
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Which art works are referenced in the Hey Duggee 'Art Badge' episode?

There is an episode of Hey Duggee, a British children's animation, called 'The Art Badge.' The main episodic theme of this piece is the world famous Frieze Art Fair, and different world famous art ...
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Why do they say Adora can't act?

In the 2018 show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (a reboot of the 1984 show of a similar name), characters will sometimes say that the protagonist, Adora, can't act (sometimes "to save her life"). ...
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Which Hanna-Barbera franchises are featured in “Scoob!”?

I haven’t seen the new Scooby-Doo movie (Scoob!), just enough of the trailer to know that Blue Falcon and Dick Dasterly are in it. My question is how many other Hanna-Barbara franchises are there in ...
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Is the phrase “Zowie, I'm young!” a reference?

In Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6, Episode 8, title He Said, She Said, Captain Holt says the phrase Zowie, I'm young! to Terry and Boyle upon discovering the Disco Strangler is still alive (around ...
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Have the Cloverfield films drawn from Half-Life or earlier base material about aliens invading from a portal?

After watching all Cloverfield movies, it seems like the principal idea of humans bringing in several alien species thru a portal inadvertently has very similar structure as the story of the video ...
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Is this unknown character meant to be an allusion to a Six?

While recently rewatching the HBO re-imaged TV series, Westworld, I noticed in the second season two episode titled, Reunion, the camera follows the back of this character dressed in a white dress ...
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Meaning of the 'single white lighting bolt on black background' symbol in JoJo Rabbit?

There were two different 'single lightning bolt' symbols. The first on is a badge awarded within the hitlerjugend afaik: The second one has different colors and is portrayed on a flag. What's its ...
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A strange coincidence with the name of the victim in True Detective Season 1

In True Detective season 1, the murdered woman whose case Rust and Marty take on in 1996 is called Dora Lange, a name remarkably similar / practically identical to the real life great Depression-era ...
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Is this line delivered by Arsenio Hall an homage to a film, made 12 year prior?

Below are excerpts of these two screenplays. The delivery of the lines suggests that John Landis and crew (of Amazon...) may have been paying homage to the Philip Marlowe noir detective drama of a ...
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Is this scene with Djarin and the Child an allusion to a scene in E.T.?

As many might know, it's not uncommon to see references between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg works in each other's films, whether it be Star Wars' R2-D2 & C-3PO hieroglyphs in Indiana Jones: ...
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What are the masks and droids in “The Mandalorian” intro?

The Mandalorian intro shows a set of masks and droids that are famous throughout the Star Wars universe. I've recognized a few, but not all. In order, Darth Vader, ...
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Shared imagery - Blade Runner & Man in the High Castle

Spoilers for Man in the High Castle season 4, beware. Of course, both are adaptations of stories by Philip K Dick, so it wouldn't be unexpected that the film-makers might acknowledge that in some ...
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Are there any references in the movie 'Jason Bourne' that acknowledge the continuity of 'The Bourne Legacy'?

The Bourne Legacy is the 4th film in the Bourne series but without Matt Damon. It tells a parallel story of a different kind of enhanced agent, while referencing the continued developments of ...
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Was Ted Levin playing Bill Primm an easter egg?

In Ray Donovan S3E1, We see Micky (Chip) is now in Primm (State line) where he works at Buffalo Bill's casino which sets to stage for events to come. When the rich guy pulls up to the gas pump, we ...
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“I George Brent myself” meaning

In Family Guy, season 16, episode 7, Putin is entering Peter's house and declaring he needs the bathroom because he "George Brent himself". I have googled this, as instructed by Peter, but could not ...
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In what ways was “Star Wars” influenced by “The Hidden Fortress”?

I've heard many times that George Lucas got some of his ideas for his 1977 movie Star Wars from Akira Kurosawa's movie The Hidden Fortress. I can see how Tahei and Matashichi could have (in some ways) ...
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What were the books being burnt in Jojo Rabbit?

Near the start of Jojo Rabbit whilst at the Hitler youth camp, there is a book burning scene. There is a shot where it zooms in on two of the books being burnt in the fire. I didn't recognize the ...
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Did my grandfather get a shoutout in Shazam?

Okay, so first a little family history. During the 1940's, my grandfather had a job working for Fawcett Comics answering fan-mail. Specifically, whenever a kid wrote a letter to Captain Marvel, he ...
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James Van Der Beek reference in “The Office” TV series

In the 19th episode (The Negotiation) of season 3 of TV Series The Office, Michael sees assistant of Jan and ask her "Were you going to tell me that you hired James Van Der Beek." (time: 22:19) I ...
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Meaning behind Agent Coulson's number plate (easter egg?)

At the end of Iron Man 2, we see Coulson arrive in the New Mexico desert in a silver car. We are treated to a somewhat unnecessary close up of the car's number plate. 8RE-2Z1 Everything in the MCU ...
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Why Gotham Globe became Gotham City Gazette in Crisis?

In Supergirl S05E09 aka Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One we see Batman (1989) universe with Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl). But the newspaper they show was Gotham City Gazette: Rather then famous ...
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Every Character and show referenced in Crisis On Infinite Earth?

The CW crossover for this year is called Crisis on Infinite Earths and most of the CW shows and characters are seen or said as a reference by someone. So I am wondering if someone could explain which ...
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Do the symbols used in the TV series Evil, actually exist?

In Robert & Michelle King's latest TV series, Evil, a priest in training, a forensic psychologist/mother of four, and skeptic techie-carpenter/contractor investigate for the Vatican: the potential ...
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What is the significance/reference of a character repeatedly hitting a piano note?

In Knives Out, when the detectives start investigating the family, Benoit Blanc just keeps hitting a single note on the piano, which builds tension. I remember there was such technique in other ...
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Name of the role that is neither primary nor support, similar to the dodging guy in Mummy Returns?

In The Mummy Returns, there is a henchman that gets lucky number of times when he dodges a blade/shot meant for him, just to watch another henchman behind him take the hit. Is there a name for such ...
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The (potential easter-egg) origins of Calamari Flan in The Mandalorian

Before "The Mandalorian" I had not heard usage of the Mon-Calamari currency known as the Flan. I am curious if there is any information that this may be an easter egg from Favreau. As Calamari is ...
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Which war was referenced by Aravind when he said nine countries attacked one country?

7-aum-arivu is an Indian Science fiction martial arts film. It was originally made in Tamil and dubbed to Telugu as Seventh Sense. Aravind (Suriya) and Subha (Shruti Hassan) escape from Dong Lee after ...
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Is evil Missy (“Big Mouth”) a reference to “Us” (2019)?

In Season 2, Episode 2 of Big Mouth ("What Is It About Boobs?"), an evil version of Missy comes out of the mirror: Is this a reference to the movie Us (2019)? Later in this Big Mouth season there is ...
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Pencils in the ceiling

I've just watched a Castle episode (S07E12) and this (pencils in the ceiling) scene (at 06:05) made me feel nostalgic, and smile. I know another similar scene from The X-Files [1]. Mulder's office ...
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Why is Oogie Boogie associated with gambling?

A lot of The Nightmare Before Christmas references different ideas in folklore - for example, Sally tells the future by blowing on a dandelion clock, and of course all the monsters are based on ...
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Is Count Rugen a nod to going up to eleven?

In This is Spinal Tap Christopher Guest’s character Nigel Tufnel has amplifiers with knobs that can be set to eleven. In The Princess Bride Guest plays Count Tyrone Rugen who, with a sixth finger on ...
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Meaning of “Never get involved in a land war in Asia” in The Princess Bride?

The clip below of the Battle of Wits scene from The Princess Bride (IMDB), the character Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) says: You’ve fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never ...
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Is this sequence in “Star Trek” (2009) a reference to a Hoth sequence from “The Empire Strikes Back”?

In the Kelvenverse timeline, which begins in Star Trek (2009), there is a sequence where alter-Spock attempts to rid himself and the Enterprise crew of alter-James T. Kirk, after getting off to a ...
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Is Satine's Pink Diamond Dress inspired by Glinda's Dress from The Wizard of Oz?

In Baz Luhrmann's 2001 tragic romantic musical extravaganza, Moulin Rouge, there is one number in particular when Satine (Nichole Kidman) performs and she is wearing a very light pink with silver ...
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Is there a reference to a particular porn movie opening night?

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, when Sharon Tate and her friends are arriving at El Coyote towards the end of the movie, there is a crowd noise coming from a pornographic theater and Sharon Tate ...
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What's the significance of the book Bonnie is reading?

I'm currently rewatching the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies. In episode 2.04 titled, Kill Me, Bonnie is reading a book while staying with her mother, whose in the hospital after she had a ...
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Was the Altair 8800 computer named after the Planet in the movie Forbidden Planet?

I watched the movie Forbidden Planet and it’s an incredible movie, ever year that I watch it, it seems to have more relevance as it is so far ahead of it’s time, and every year we movie closer to the ...

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